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Tetris at the Fliederplatz

by Mathias Guthmann

The encounter between uBu 1 and SF Wiesental has not been under a good star from the beginning.
The influenza wave demands its victims, short-term cancellations hit the team hard, whirl the line-up up and cause turmoil.
For me it is the first home game in the Jugendhaus Mühlburg am Fliederplatz. The location is very nice, but the disadvantage is the high effort for the match preparation. Tables and chairs have to be regrouped until the match can finally be played.
A factor which is underestimated by all of us, the match starts late, around 10:15 o’clock.
The TURNIERORDNUNG of the Badischer Schachverband e.V. has a clear guideline for such cases, which is defined in section H-2.5. It is written there:

Kann ein Kampf nicht planmäßig beginnen, so wird die schuldige Mannschaft an allen acht Brettern mit einem Zeitabschlag der gleichen Größe wie der verursachten Verzögerung belegt.

The mistake is clearly on our side and so it is not surprising that the opponent insists on applying the rule, it is his right. So uBu 1 has to correct the clocks: 15 minutes less for us, in some game situations this is decisive.

The situation changes, suddenly we are dealing with a phenomenon of non-linear dynamics. Do you know the “butterfly effect”? Figuratively, it describes how the wing beat of a butterfly in Brazil could trigger a tornado in Texas.
This small excursion into chaos research is intended to illustrate that small changes in the initial conditions of the system will have a long-term effect on the development of the system. For us, this is expressed immediately with the abandonment of Board 1 and the associated loss of points.
A hard blow! But the decision of the top board is strictly rational and consistent, Descartes sends his greetings.

Only little remains to be reported chess-wise. A nice victory for Zacharias Heck (with a healthy extrapawn), and an amazing game by Mischa Rausch. Mischa is currently playing on a fantastic level, his performance speaks for itself: 1856 DWZ.

SC uBu 3, SF Wiesental 5


About the author: Mathias Guthmann writes among others for culinary magazines and chess. His essays and short stories have a wide reach and are published in various specialist magazines, including international journals. In the business world, the author advises a company on PR strategies.

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